London Drugs achieves 40 per cent reduction in garbage going to landfills in Western Canada


Company and customer efforts recognized for leadership in environmental stewardship by Recycling Council of British Columbia


Richmond, B.C.; (June 26, 2008); London Drugs employees, partners and customers across Western Canada successfully utilized the company;s comprehensive recycling programs and reduced waste going to landfills by 40 per cent over the past year. Tonight, at its 34th annual zero waste conference, the Recycling Council of B.C. will recognize London Drugs for its environmental initiatives and achievements including:

- reducing waste by 40 per cent

- patenting a process to remove metals from photofinishing effluent and recycling canisters, film shells and paper rolls

- offering to take back all packaging associated with goods sold at and transported to stores

- encouraging customers to recycle hard-to-handle items such as Styrofoam

 "We are ecstatic that our expanded recycling programs we launched in 2006 have made such a dramatic and immediate impact,” said Clint Mahlman, senior vice president of London Drugs. "It is thanks to the collaboration and participation of our employees, customers and partners such as Genesis Recycling, Merlin, Orbis, and Waste Management Canada, that we have already exceeded our original goal of 30 per cent in waste reduction. This success proves that through innovative environmental initiatives and individual efforts we can reduce waste on a large scale.”


On average, each year, London Drugs recycles approximately:


- 45,800 kilograms of plastic

- 4.16 million kilograms of cardboard 

- 1,808 kilograms of used rechargeable batteries and cell phones


On average, each month London Drugs recycles:


- 22,680 kilograms of e-waste 

- 3,800 kilograms of plastic 

- 347,000 kilograms of cardboard


Earlier this month, London Drugs also received the Certificate of Merit for Environmental Responsibility from Orbis for its achievement in recycling 92,224 kilograms of stretch wrap and plastic, and keeping it out of landfills, between April 2007 and April 2008.

Today, London Drugs fills at least one semi truck per week with Styrofoam to go to recycling. And 68 stores across Western Canada are now recycling 454 kilograms of shrink wrap per day.

“As a company, we realized that once a customer brought a new product home, it was easier for them to put the packaging and Styrofoam in the garbage rather than recycle it. The London Drugs solution is that customers leave the packaging of new items purchased at our store and we’ll recycle it for them,” said Mahlman. “It is these in-store recycling programs designed for our customers that are helping all of us to make some positive changes on how we discard packaging.”

Customers can also bring in old and used electronic items and electrical appliances not covered by provincial programs for recycling through London Drugs’ e-waste program for free when purchasing a new electronic product from London Drugs.


The following is a sampling of goods London Drugs is recycling as part of its comprehensive recycling program:


- Cell phones, PDAs, Rechargeable and Dry Cell batteries (regular, alkaline, lithium)

- Disposable cameras

- Ink jet cartridges

- Laser cartridges

- Film canisters

- Pill bottles

- Electrical and electronic goods, computers, TVs, VCRs, small appliances such as microwave ovens, kitchen appliances, personal care appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers

- Photofinishing paper

- Lamp ballasts

- Plastic bags, shrink wrap, Styrofoam


About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs currently has 68 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people and carries a diverse range of health and consumer electronic products. With its strong commitment to innovation and customer appreciation, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.

Tours of London Drugs recycling operations are available upon request. For more information and to interview Clint Mahlman, please contact Wendy Hartley, 604-817-2758.

Media Contacts:

Wendy Hartley
Cell: 604-817-2758,

Cynnamon Schreinert
Cell: 604-802-2733,


Posted June 26, 2008